Lignol Announces Production of Cellulosic Ethanol from New Biorefinery Pilot Plant



    VANCOUVER, June 8 /CNW/ - Lignol Energy Corporation (TSX-V: LEC)
("Lignol" or "the Company"), a leading technology company in the cellulosic
ethanol and biorefining sector, today announced it has completed the first
end-to-end production of cellulosic ethanol from its fully integrated
industrial-scale biorefinery pilot plant in Burnaby, British Columbia.
    This production of cellulosic ethanol from Canadian woodchips followed
the plant construction phase that commenced in June, 2008 and the start-up
phase that commenced in April, 2009. This represents the first end-to-end
production of ethanol utilizing all of the unit operations of Lignol's unique
and proprietary technology.
    Lignol's facility represents one of only a handful of fully integrated
cellulosic ethanol pilot plants operating in the world today. Through planned
production campaigns, Lignol intends to operate the pilot plant under a wide
range of operating parameters to process various non-food feedstocks. This
will involve utilizing various equipment configurations, enzyme formulations
and process conditions to optimize the yield of cellulosic ethanol, as well as
the quality and performance of related biochemicals.
    "Achieving the first production of cellulosic ethanol from the pilot
plant is a significant milestone for Lignol" said Ross MacLachlan, President
and Chief Executive Officer of Lignol. "Operating the pilot plant to-date has
allowed us to identify areas for process enhancement that we will be
incorporating to further improve pilot plant operations. The optimization of
process technology and the evaluation of key equipment selections, including
some novel prototype equipment, is exactly what our pilot plant was designed
for. The plant is also providing an excellent platform for our collaborations
with leading enzyme companies and potential end users of HP-L(TM) Lignin."
    "It is imperative that before embarking on any major capital investment
in a larger scale plant, information is gained from a pilot plant to
understand and mitigate the associated scale-up risk. The information we are
generating from our pilot plant will provide Lignol with a significant
competitive advantage and will allow us to validate cost and performance
assumptions to accelerate our path to commercialization," added Mr.
MacLachlan.

    About Lignol

    Lignol (TSX-V: LEC) is a Canadian company undertaking the development of
biorefining technologies for the production of fuel-grade ethanol and other
biochemical co-products from non-food cellulosic biomass feedstocks. Lignol's
modified solvent-based pre-treatment technology facilitates the rapid,
high-yield conversion of cellulose to ethanol and the production of
value-added biochemical co-products, including HP-L(TM) Lignin. Lignol is
executing on its development plan through strategic partnerships to further
develop and integrate the core technologies on a commercial scale. Lignol also
intends to invest in, or otherwise obtain, equity interests in energy related
projects which have synergies with its biorefining technology. For more
information about Lignol, please visit our website at www.lignol.ca.

    
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    Caution concerning forward-looking statements

    Certain statements contained in this document may constitute
forward-looking information within the meaning of applicable securities laws.
Often, but not always, forward-looking statements or information can be
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of such words and phrases or words and phrases that state or indicate that
certain actions, events or results "may", "could", "would", "might" or "will"
be taken, occur or be achieved. Such statements or information reflect
Lignol's current views with respect to future events and are subject to
certain risks, uncertainties and assumptions, including, without limitation,
our ability to finance the development of the commercial demonstration plant,
our ability to develop our products, our ability to obtain requisite
regulatory approvals and our ability to enter into agreements with strategic
partners on terms acceptable to us. Forward-looking statements and information
are necessarily based upon a number of estimates and assumptions that, while
considered reasonable by management, are inherently subject to significant
business, economic and competitive uncertainties and contingencies. Many
factors could cause Lignol's actual results, performance or achievements to be
materially different from any future results, performance or achievements that
may be expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements or information,
including among other things, the complexity of the development of the
commercial demonstration plant, market conditions which will affect our
ability to finance our operations, risks relating to the protection of
Lignol's core technology from infringement and those risk factors which are
discussed elsewhere in documents that Lignol files from time to time with
securities regulatory authorities. Should one or more of these risks or
uncertainties materialize, or should assumptions underlying the
forward-looking statements or information prove incorrect, actual results may
vary materially from those described herein as intended, planned, anticipated,
believed, estimated or expected. Except as required by law, the Company
expressly disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any
forward looking statements and information whether as a result of new
information, future events or otherwise. All written and oral forward-looking
statements and information attributable to us or persons acting on our behalf
are expressly qualified in their entirety by the foregoing cautionary
statements.

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For further information:

For further information: Lignol Energy Corporation: Paul Hughes, Vice
President Corporate Development & Communications, Tel: (604) 222-9800 ext.
110, Email: phughes@lignol.ca, Email: info@lignol.ca; The Equicom Group: Bruce
Wigle, Investor Relations, Tel: (416) 815-0700 ext. 228, Email:
bwigle@equicomgroup.com

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